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ISHA Webinar Series, August 2021

  • 08/12/2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online


  • Free for members; this is a members-only event


ISHA Webinar Series Presents

Creating a Diverse Library - Why who you see in picture books matters

[Free to members; registration closes 8/11/2021]

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Speaker: Shontaye Glover MS, CCC-SLP

Speaker Bio: Shontaye received her masters of science degree in communication disorders from William Paterson University in New Jersey and is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She is a certified speech language pathologist and Founder of Having Our Say, LLC where her home-based private practice focuses on evaluating and providing therapy to children with communication disorders. She produces a monthly blog for parents and caregivers providing resources to help enhance language development in children. In addition to her clinical work, Shontaye has presented to over 18,000 professionals on the importance of using inclusive picture books in therapy.

Shontaye’s dedication to children has a global reach as she serves as an executive board member for Smiles for Speech, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides intervention and resources to children from disadvantaged communities across the globe.

Her commitment to promoting language development and increasing diversity in children’s literature has led to the completion of her first children's book- "Liam’s First Cut.' Written under the pen name of “Taye Jones”, Shontaye weaves together the beauty of family, community, and neurodiversity as Liam, an autistic Black boy, takes readers along as he prepares for his first visit to the barbershop.

Abstract:  Research suggests that evidence-based practices such as shared reading are a proven way to improve development in young learners in multiple areas- including language skills. Reading is also a known method to improve imagination and empathy. In this presentation we will explore how underrepresentation in books and images is harmful to individuals from marginalized communities and how it shapes ideas held by non-members of those communities. We will discuss strategies to select diverse picture books that affirm identities and how to include inclusive books in literacy-based intervention.


  1. Analyze the current data regarding representation in picture books
  2. Determine the impact of underrepresentation in picture books for minoritized groups
  3. Identify key components for creating a diverse library for literacy based intervention

Time-Ordered Agenda:

  • 5 minutes - Introduction
  • 5 minutes - Literacy-based intervention
  • 10 minutes - Invisibility
  • 15 minutes - Effects of underrepresentation
  • 10 minutes - Methods for selecting inclusive books
  • 10 minutes - Resources
  • 5 minutes - Discussion

Continuing Education:

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (introductory level, professional area)

Presenter Disclosures:
Financial Disclosures: Shontaye Glover is receiving an honorarium from ISHA for this presentation. She also receives royalty payments from KH Publishers for the sale of her book "Liam's First Cut," as well as compensation from products sold on her site including the sale of "Liam's First Cut."

Non-Financial Disclosure: Shontaye Glover has no non-financial relations to disclose.

Session evaluation and information on how to submit your continuing education hours will be provided to attendees after the presentation.

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